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(A) When an existing food establishment is purchased and the purchase does not include the property or the structure, but includes the rental or lease of space and equipment, the city requires that the person who operates the food establishment obtain a valid food establishment's permit. The person who applies for the food establishment's permit is considered, legally, to be the owner.
(B) The person who is registered on the food establishment's permit is the responsible party for the property, premises, structure and complete operating services. The operator of the food establishment is the ultimate responsible party, and the conditions under which the food establishment was leased or rented does not release the operator from the requirements of this chapter.
(C) A new owner may continue to operate a food establishment without interruption from the city when the establishment is in complete compliance with this chapter. Total compliance is the basis for issuing the food establishment's permit, which must be obtained prior to opening the establishment for business. An inspection of the premises and operations can demonstrate the extent to which the food establishment is in compliance. Upon normal conditions, depending on the condition of the food establishment, many violations can be corrected within such a short period of time that an interruption of food services is unnecessary and not required.
(D) Depending on the wear and tear (depreciation) on the establishment, the building and equipment may already be close to compliance, and it is the responsibility of the new owner to schedule an inspection from the city to determine what is required to meet current codes.
(Ord. 2019-2572, passed 5-13-19)